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Press Release: University of New England Wilderness Medicine Elective


July 16-24 2012
Highland Plantation, ME
Claybrook Mountain Lodge

Wilderness Medical Associates (WMA) International has teamed up with University of New England to offer the Wilderness Medical Elective. Unlike traditional medical courses, WMA International provides a practical approach when environments are hostile and equipment and personnel are limited. The elective is tailored to medical students opting to gain knowledge of managing patients in these remote and low-resource settings; providing them with the confidence to think critically during medical emergencies. The Wilderness Medical Elective has prepared students for diverse medical work such as medical rescue, expedition doctors, Medicine Sans Frontier, remote medical clinics, disaster relief, rural practices, and the military.

The Wilderness Medical Elective offers medical students an opportunity to expand their academic knowledge and clinical experience. Our core pedagogical components instill the best practices of medical school education, including didactic sessions, case study discussions, a variety of simulated patient encounters, practical skills lab, and evidence-based medicine reviews. Emphasis is given to assessing patients, formulating problem lists, and carrying out student-planned treatments (including evacuations) in relatively low-tech environments. The goal is for students to actively investigate and articulate these best practices through a hands-on curriculum that is engaging, practical, and proven.

The course will be led by David Johnson, MD, President & Medical Director of Wilderness Medical Associates International. WMA International trains over 8,000 students annually and has instructed courses on all seven continents. The organization is compromised of hundreds of instructors with medical expertise balanced with a passion for the outdoors and a commitment to first class education. WMA International offers this specialized training because they understand the need. Recreationally and professionally, there is a large audience that faces unique medical risks. Proper training brings you home.

By Greg Friese

Greg Friese, Stevens Point, Wisconsin, is an author, educator, paramedic, and marathon runner.

Greg was the co-host of the award winning EMSEduCast podcast, the only podcast by and for EMS educators. Greg has written for,, Wilderness Medical Associates, JEMS Magazine, and EMS World Magazine, and the NAEMSE Educator Newsletter.